Where are your lines?

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Ruben Gonzalez
  • 71st Flying Training Wing command chief
Just a few months back, I was sitting side by side with Tony, our youngest son, and having some quality time drawing some "Star Wars Clone Wars" scenes. He was doing a great job drawing a personnel transporter, but asked for some assistance with some final touches on the aircraft. As I was trying to make the lines on one of the sides, he asked me to redraw them as they didn't match the original equipment. I then redrew them to find out that I was still off, so I once again had to take my time and make sure I was right on target for the final version.

Funny that whether drawing a line on your son's personnel transporter or performing our duties, we are always evaluated on how our final "line" looks.

As we prepare ourselves for the Operational Readiness Inspection, I challenge you to check your lines. In the next months, we all will be given the opportunity to draw our lines. Some will be good the first time, while others will require us to draw and then maybe redraw them again.

Don't lose your focus. Just keep working on it, but make sure your final line is right on target. Remember, we have fewer than 100 days until we are going to be asked to draw our lines. They will define who we are at Vance.

During the next couple of months, we will be passing some information via our Public Affairs channels to use as we assist each other. It is in our best interest to take the time and make sure that we are giving each other the opportunity to improve our lines because they will be officially evaluated at the end of February.

Starting next week and lasting until the ORI, I will send an e-mail each Tuesday with a few suggested items for you to check. How is your line on a certain custom, courtesy or your uniform? How about the people around you? To create a mutually supportive environment here at Vance, we need to maintain situational awareness on lines being drawn. As Wingmen, we need to address areas where correction may be needed.

Also as Wingmen, we need to recognize that corrections need to be made tactfully. If a Team Vance member, even senior ranking, is off on his or her lines, tactfully pull that person aside and make sure that person is aware of the issue. Give your Wingman the opportunity to look his or her best.

As for our personnel transporter drawing, my son's and his buddy's, Nick Lostetter, Star War's book, it's now proudly displayed in their school's library. They both feel very proud of their accomplishment.

The questions to ask are, "Where are your lines?" and "Will they be proudly displayed in our ORI evaluation?"